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Star Wars: The Last Jedi’s Rian Johnson explains why he needed to move the saga forward

Rian Johnson, the director of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, has explained why he felt the need to move the saga forward.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi has certainly been one of the most talked-about movies of recent years, with a split of online commenters either loving the movie or hating it. The Last Jedi certainly didn’t rest on the franchise’s laurels but why did director Rian Johnson decide to make such surprising choices?

Well, in a recent interview on the Creative Processing with Joseph Gordon-Levitt podcast, the director said:

“I think the instant you start thinking in terms of how do you not step outside of the bounds of what the original movies did, you’re not thinking the way the people who made the original movies did. They were with every movie, they were pushing it forward, with every movie they were stepping outside those bounds
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Mark Hamill Hasn't Seen Star Wars Since the Special Edition Released in 1997

Mark Hamill Hasn't Seen Star Wars Since the Special Edition Released in 1997
Mark Hamill, the man behind Luke Skywalker, hasn't seen the original Star Wars in more than 20 years. The actor has revealed that the last time he watched the classic 1977 sci-fi movie that made him famous was in 1997, when the original trilogy was re-released in theaters. And the only reason Hamill did so at the time was because his kids wanted to see it on the big screen for themselves.

The reveal was made by Mark Hamill on Twitter. George Lucas famously tinkered with the original movies, A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, adding in digital effects and changing some things, for the Special Editions. Responding to a fan who asked how often Hamill watches Star Wars, the actor revealed it's pretty infrequently, as the last time he did was when Lucas' infamous re-release came out. Here's what Hamill had to say.

"I haven't seen
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Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance Review - Netflix Revival Is A Stunning Achievement

Netflix's 10-part prequel to The Dark Crystal, The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, is pitch perfect fantasy.




This Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance review contains no spoilers, except for some information that was presented in the series’ trailers. It is based on all ten episodes of the debut season.

While it earned a modest profit during its original 1982 theatrical run, The Dark Crystal never lived up to the high expectations that Universal or project mastermind Jim Henson had for it. Influenced by everything from new age philosophy to classic fantasy works, the film – directed by Henson and frequent collaborator Frank Oz – was a technical marvel that told its ambitious story through revolutionary puppetry techniques. While a bit derivative of Lord of the Rings and Joseph Campbell’s The Hero’s Journey The Dark Crystal had plenty of innovation of its own. The problem, for lack of a better word,
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Mark Hamill Reveals He Hasn’t Watched The Original Star Wars Since 1997

Mark Hamill, the iconic actor behind Luke Skywalker in Star Wars, has proven himself to be one of the most open and honest celebrities working today. Not only is he an active participant at the various conferences and events held in honor of the franchise, but he’s also incredibly active on his Twitter page, regularly posting fun stories and/or behind-the-scenes knowledge of the iconic series.

While Star Wars fans young and old may have a ritual in their viewing practices – I know for a fact that my brother watches the whole series in order by events (as in Rogue One before Episode IV) every other year – Hamill apparently isn’t one of them.

After a fan asked him on Twitter when the last time he saw the original film was, the legendary performer revealed that he hadn’t seen it since 1997, over two decades ago. But there’s more to the story,
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Early Kylo Ren concept art inspired Star Wars Rebels’ Fifth Brother

Christian Alzmann has posted a piece of concept art for Star Wars: The Force Awakens which offers a very different look in an early design for Kylo Ren, which ultimately went on to become the inspiration for the Inquisitor the Fifth Brother in the animated series Star Wars Rebels; take a look here and let us know what you make of the design in the comments below or on our social channels…

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Very early Jedi Killer/Kylo concept. Wasn’t used in Star Wars : The Force Awakens but ended up being the inspiration for the Fifth Brother in Star Wars Rebels. #starwars #conceptart #sith #fifthbrother #digitalart

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And for anyone unfamiliar with Rebels, here’s the Fifth Brother…

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is set for release on December 20th 2019 with
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Star Wars Battlefront II roadmap takes us through to The Rise of Skywalker

Despite the fact its fast approaching its second birthday, Electronic Arts continues to deliver a steady stream of content for the multiplayer shooter Star Wars Battlefront II, and a new roadmap was unveiled at Gamescom yesterday which highlights the updates through to December and the arrival of content from Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker; check out the roadmap below, and head on over to the official website for a details breakdown of the content…

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is set for release on December 20th 2019 with J.J. Abrams (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) directing a cast that includes Star Wars veterans Daisy Ridley (Rey), Adam Driver (Kylo Ren), John Boyega (Finn), Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron), Lupita Nyong’o (Maz Kanata), Domhnall Gleeson (General Hux), Kelly Marie Tran (Rose Tico), Joonas Suotamo (Chewbacca), Billie Lourd (Lieutenant Connix), Greg Grunberg (Snap Wexley), Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Anthony Daniels (C-
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Go behind-the-scenes of The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance

With a little over a week to go until The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance arrives on Netflix, a new behind the scenes featurette has been released for the prequel series which sees the cast and creators discussing the return of the cult fantasy almost 40 years later after the classic Jim Henson movie..

See Also: Return to Thra with new trailer for The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance

The world of Thra is dying. The Crystal of Truth is at the heart of Thra, a source of untold power. But it is damaged, corrupted by the evil Skeksis, and a sickness spreads across the land. When three Gelfling uncover the horrific truth behind the power of the Skeksis, an adventure unfolds as the fires of rebellion are lit and an epic battle for the planet begins.

The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance features a star-studded voice cast that includes Taron Egerton
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Wonderful Featurette For The Dark Crystal: Age Of Resistance Focuses on Expanding Jim Henson's Fantasy World

Netflix has released a new featurette for their highly anticipated fantasy series The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. It features the voice cast of the series including Simon Pegg, Taron Egerton and Natalie Dormer, as well as the creators discussing the return to Jim Henson’s creation and the opportunity they have to expand and build on the incredible fantasy world that Henson created. It also shows off some new footage!

The show is based on Jim Henson’s classic 1982 feature film The Dark Crystal. The story is set several years before the events of the original classic movie that many of us grew up watching. In this new story, “We find that the world of Thra is dying. The Crystal of Truth is at the heart of Thra, a source of untold power. But it is damaged, corrupted by the evil Skeksis, and a sickness spreads across the land.
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New Harley Quinn Promo Reveals The Joker’s Laugh And Fresh Footage

Whenever any actor is cast as the Joker – be it in live action or animation – fans immediately begin wondering what their laugh will sound like. After all, it’s quite apparent on the printed page that the Clown Prince of Crime’s mirth comes from a place of malevolence and mania, so any translation to screen must leave a lasting impression.

I think the bigger challenge may come in the form of making the cackling distinct from predecessors, but we really can’t complain if someone gives a valiant effort. I’m immediately reminded of how Heath Ledger (The Dark Knight) and Kevin Michael Richardson (The Batman) had to follow Jack Nicholson (Batman) and Mark Hamill (Batman: The Animated Series) in their respective fields, yet both opened us up to new realms of madness.

Though a wide array of talented actors have stepped up to the plate in the time since,
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His Sequel Trilogy Ideas Were George Lucas’ Worst

Neil Calloway is glad we never got the Star Wars sequels George Lucas wanted…

Han smuggling monsters in The Force Awakens, the over egged Iraq War overtones of Rogue One, the jokes in The Last Jedi, that shower scene in Solo. What’s your least favourite part of the new Star Wars films?

It doesn’t matter. I know that it doesn’t matter in the grand scheme of things – it’s a series of movies that don’t really matter, and we’re all just trying our best to get through life on this tiny insignificant rock on an arm of a not especially large galaxy – but it doesn’t matter in the context of Star Wars now, because nothing that Disney has thrown at us, or will ever throw at us is as bad as George Lucas’s idea for the sequels.

Lucas himself says fans would have hated it,
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DC Developing Batman: Death In The Family Animated Movie

Warner Bros. Animation have been adapting numerous classic DC comics for the screen for the past few years, but they’ve still got many more to go. They might be about to tick another seminal storyline off the list, though, as We Got This Covered has been informed that an animated adaptation of Batman: Death in the Family is in development.

Written by Jim Starlin and illustrated by Jim Aparo in 1988, the arc’s infamous for featuring the kidnapping, torture and eventual murder of Jason Todd, the second Robin, at the hands of the Joker. Fans will know that the gruesome end for the sidekick was voted for by bloodthirsty readers. Although, of course, Todd was eventually resurrected and became the anti-hero Red Hood.

If you don’t believe us that a Death movie is coming, let’s not forget the words of Batman and the Joker themselves. Back in
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Kevin Conroy Wants Mark Hamill’s Joker In Crisis On Infinite Earths

The creative team behind the Arrowverse are pulling out of all the stops for the upcoming “Crisis on Infinite Earths,” which is easily shaping up to be the biggest crossover event that The CW’s shared universe has ever seen. As well as featuring series regulars from Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow and the upcoming Batwoman, the multiple timelines featured in “Crisis on Infinite Earths” have also allowed the crossover to bring in some high-profile guest stars.

Supergirl may already feature Tyler Hoechlin as the title character’s more famous cousin, but he won’t be the only version of the Big Blue Boy Scout to appear in “Crisis.” In an incredible and totally unexpected development, it was announced that Legends of Tomorrow star Brandon Routh would be playing an alternate version of the Man of Steel, thirteen years after his lead role in Superman Returns.

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Could A Young Luke Appear In The Obi-Wan Kenobi Series?

It’s official: Ewan McGregor is returning to the Star Wars universe for his own Obi-Wan Kenobi series, on its way to Disney Plus. That’s all we know for sure about the project, but obviously fans are going into overdrive theorizing what shape the show may take. Naturally, it’s widely agreed that it’ll be set during the gap between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, when Obi-Wan was keeping an eye on Luke Skywalker on Tatooine.

If this is the period it’ll explore, then it stands to reason that Luke himself will turn up in the series as well. The future Jedi master as a boy could play a key role if the show decides to double down on Obi-Wan’s whole purpose being to protect Luke. Jason Aaron’s run on the Star Wars comics have given us a taste of Kenobi’s life during this time already,
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New Star Wars Theory Argues That Luke Died Before The Last Jedi

Even Mark Hamill’s commented on the Star Wars franchise’s tendency to provide its Jedi masters with “curtain calls” as Force Ghosts. Ever since Alec GuinnessBen Kenobi reemerged following his body’s vanishment in A New Hope, we’ve seen the likes of Yoda and Anakin Skywalker take this glowing form. And while a lot of fans weren’t too happy to see Luke join those ranks in The Last Jedi, one wild theory suggests that his time as a ghost began long before the events of Rian Johnson’s controversial film.

In fact, Reddit user 27SwingAndADrive argues that Luke has actually been a ghost throughout the entirety of the latest trilogy. They claim that Skywalker had died and gone into the Force abyss when Kylo Ren attacked the Jedi Academy, providing a reason as to why the famed Jedi wasn’t able or willing to help stop
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Star Wars: 10 Fan Theories About Luke's Role In The Rise Of Skywalker

Despite the fact that Luke Skywalker pretty obviously died at the end of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Mark Hamill is slated to reprise his role as the bright-eyed Jedi hero that brought down the Empire in the original trilogy in the upcoming final chapter in the Skywalker saga, the aptly titled The Rise of Skywalker.

Related: Star Wars: 10 Ways The Rise Of Skywalker Can Redeem The Sequel Trilogy

Since that announcement was made, along with the curious title hinting at something phenomenal being done with the character, many fans have been proposing their own ideas for how Luke will be incorporated into the highly anticipated new Star Wars movie. So, here are 10 Fan Theories About Luke’s Role In The Rise Of Skywalker.
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Joaquin Phoenix Reveals How He Found His Joker Laugh

In the wake of Heath Ledger’s Oscar-winning portrayal of the Clown Prince of Crime, it’s become quite a daunting task to play the Joker. As if attempting to tap into the inner-workings of a maniac weren’t difficult enough, Ledger’s permanently set the bar for any following interpretations of the character – at least in the live-action world (any other Mark Hamill fans out there?).

But while Jared Leto more or less crapped the bed in Suicide Squad, hopes and anticipation have stayed high for Joaquin Phoenix’s upcoming take on the crime-committing clown. With DC giving the Todd Phillips film a big awards push, including screenings at the Venice and Toronto International Film Festivals, it’s shaping up to be unlike any other comic book movie ever made.

But speculation over the film’s success has been running rampant ever since the official trailer dropped in early April.
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Netflix launch epic first trailer for ‘The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance’

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Netflix has released the first trailer for ‘The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance,’ the epic prequel series to the beloved 1982 Jim Henson film ‘The Dark Crystal’.

Directed by Louis Leterrier. The cast also includes the Gelflingcharacters, voiced by Taron Egerton (Rian), Anya Taylor-Joy (Brea), Nathalie Emmanuel (Deet), Caitriona Balfe, Helena Bonham Carter, Harris Dickinson, Natalie Dormer, Eddie Izzard, Theo James, Toby Jones, Shazad Latif, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mark Strong and Alicia Vikander. While the Skeksis & Mystics are voiced by Harvey Fierstein, Mark Hamill, Ralph Ineson, Jason Isaacs, Keegan-Michael Key, Ólafur Darri Ólafsson, Simon Pegg and Andy Samberg.

Lena Headey (Game of Thrones) as Maudra Fara, Benedict Wong (Avengers: Endgame) as The General, Awkwafina (Crazy Rich Asians) as The Collector, Sigourney Weaver as The Myth-Speaker, Hannah John-Kamen (Ant-Man and The Wasp) as Naia and Dave Goelz as Baffi, a Fizzgig will also be voicing characters.

Also in trailers – New trailer for ‘Asterix: The Secret of the Magic Potion
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Trailer Debuts For Netflix’s ‘The Dark Crystal: The Age Of Resistance’

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Netflix has unveiled the full trailer for their upcoming sequel series The Dark Crystal: The Age Of Resistance. The new series, from the Jim Henson studio, will arrive on the streaming platform in just a couple of weeks time.

Based on The Dark Crystal, Jim Henson’s groundbreaking 1982 feature film, The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance tells a new story, set many years before the events of the movie, and realized using classic puppetry with cutting edge visual effects. The world of Thra is dying. The Crystal of Truth is at the heart of Thra, a source of untold power. But it is damaged, corrupted by the evil Skeksis, and a sickness spreads across the land. When three Gelfling uncover the horrific truth behind the power of the Skeksis, an adventure unfolds as the fires of rebellion are lit and an epic battle for the planet begins.
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See the Crystal of Truth’s Power in New ‘Dark Crystal’ Trailer

“Behold the power of the darkening,” bellows one of the evil, vulture-like Skeksis creatures in the new trailer for Netflix’s upcoming Dark Crystal prequel series. As his voice fills the dungeon like cavern, a machine seems to start and spinning, coaxing lasers from a crystal.

The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, which will premiere on Netflix August 30th, takes place years before the events of Jim Henson’s original 1982 film. It focuses on the elf-like Gelfings Deet, Rian, and Brea as they attempt to save their world, known as Thra,
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Child’s Play Coming to disc for Halloween

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Los Angeles, CA – Get ready for childhood dreams of talking toys to go completely sideways when Chucky, the sinister killer doll, comes home in Child’s Play – a re-imagining of the 1988 horror classic sure to elicit screams from a whole new generation of fans this fall. Realizing that her son Andy (Gabriel Bateman) is lonely, Karen (Aubrey Plaza) buys him a seemingly innocent, AI-enhanced Buddi doll that he names Chucky. But Chucky’s safety restrictions have been disabled, and soon, a gruesome series of events unfolds. Unable to convince his mom that the doll is responsible for the carnage, Andy becomes the target of the bloodthirsty Chucky!

Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg, producers of It, team up with Orion Pictures to bring another classic horror franchise to a new era of fans. Written by Tyler Burton Smith and based on characters created by Don Mancini, Child’s Play stars Aubrey Plaza as “Karen,
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